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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A reddish resin obtained from various tropical trees chiefly of the genera Butea, Eucalyptus, and Pterocarpus, formerly used in varnishes and as an astringent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A well-known drug resembling catechu, consisting of the gum of several trees belonging to the tropics.
  • noun Another spelling of keno.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The dark red dried juice of certain plants, used variously in tanning, in dyeing, and as an astringent in medicine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic The dark red dried juice of certain plants, used in tanning and dyeing and as an astringent in medicine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun East Indian tree yielding a resin or extract often used medicinally and in e.g. tanning
  • noun a gum obtained from various tropical plants; used as an astringent and in tanning

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin, of West African origin; akin to Mande keno.]

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